Wow, it’s been two years now. I’ve broken up with boyfriends in less time than that. I’ve quit sports and workouts and diets in less time than that. Two years is a long time!
And what a wild ride it’s been. This blog started out as an anonymous way to vocalize my frustrations and anxiety with my second pregnancy. It was a living, breathing journal to vent, essentially. I didn’t want anyone to know who I was. I wanted to keep the curtains up on my privacy.
That didn’t last long.
After my first guest post for a popular website, I was quickly and happily outed. It was a blessing, truly. It allowed me to explore my emotions and tell my stories without my guard up. Which, for many of us, makes us better writers.
The first year of blogging is a strange vacuum. You are sharing your world to what seems (and likely is) an empty audience. One, two, three visitors a day… woo hoo! And then your mom tells you she went to your website three times. It’s frustrating, but at the same time, you’re on a ship with no destination anyway. It’s open waters and your’s just exploring the high seas.
The second year started to get exciting, and dangerous. More people are watching, listening, judging. Your traffic is going up, but it’s not just mom and aunt Sarah rooting you on. People have opinions, people have judgments, and some people just have issues. Period.
I got called out a few times this year, and it’s rough. I also got hit on a lot, received several dick pics, and learned that not everyone agrees with my opinions. It’s fine. It’s all a learning experience, right? Well, except the dick pics. There is absolutely nothing to learn from those.
It’s not all bad though. I have met some fascinating people through my blog. Dare I say it… I’ve made actual friends through the blog! People have contacted me who can relate to my stories, people have asked for advice, people have shared their own stories with me. It’s exhilarating and beautiful. It no longer feels like such a vacuum. The give is being pulled back by some take.
I had some big wins this year. An exciting new Coaching Business, writing hits on such popular sites as Huffington Post, Little Things, and my personal crush, Scary Mommy. My Instagram took off this year and it’s now one of my favorite social media outlets. My tweets had great success, with retweets by Huffington Post and Babble. It’s been a good year.
And just wait… this next year will be off the hook. I’m so energized and motivated right now, it’s hard to describe. I see big things coming. For me, for you — my dear readers — and for anybody who’s willing to listen. Who’s willing to take a chance on a little ol’ writer from Reno, Nevada.
This life is all I got. I’ve wasted a lot of time already (um, my 20’s, perhaps???). And there will be no more of that. So hop on board. Enjoy the ride, or grab a pair of running shoes and come alongside me. Things are about to get fun.